This book is more than the sum of its parts. The history of the Norman invasion thorough to Henry V111 is held together by the development and use of the long bow. I've heard it described as the atomic bomb of its day. I'm full of awe at the development of the training of the Yeomen and the strength they must have developed just to draw some of the bigger bows. It is evidently possible to tell from the skeletons that came from the Mary Rose, those which were archers due to the skeletal changes that took place as a result of the men drawing a yard. It's also interesting to think of the logistics of developing the bow using the heard wood and the outer wood to it's greatest effect. Then the development of supply lines for all the bows, bow strings, arrows, feathers etc and then the delivery of all of it to central points. Considering they didn't have even a postal service, never mind a mobile phone, the communication itself must have been formidable.
For anyone interested in the history of this era this is a 'must read'.